Lawsuit filed against Tarheel Q after more than 100 become sick

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. – A lawsuit has been filed against a barbecue restaurant after more than 100 people became sick after eating there.

The national food safety law firm of Ron Simon & Associates announced on Friday that they’ve filed a lawsuit against Tarheel Q restaurant.

Contaminated food served at Tarheel Q has now been linked to at least 127 illnesses and seven hospitalizations, according to the North Carolina Division of Public Health.

The victims bought food from Tarheel Q between June 6 and June 21, according to the law firm. The restaurant is currently closed, but could reopen Monday.

Investigators said they are still trying to determine how the Salmonella was allegedly introduced to the food.

Greensboro resident Vanessa Rohrl reportedly became sick after eating a barbecue sandwich from there. She claims to have then experienced vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, headaches, fever and chills.

Rohrl said she was on a camping trip and had to call an ambulance which took her from the Forest Lake Campground to Lexington Hospital.

She said a doctor diagnosed her with Salmonella poisoning from Tarheel Q restaurant.

Timothy Johnson, of Lexington, said he became violently ill after recently eating at Tarheel Q. He said his wife had to rush him to the hospital with “unbearable stomach pains” and a fever of more than 100 degrees.

“Given its past behavior of improperly reheating BBQ meats for use day-to-day, and being cited for failing to keep food at the proper temperatures on several occasions, this is a wake-up call for Tarheel Q and other restaurants. Through this lawsuit, we will work to ensure that these safety failures do not happen again,” according to a prepared statement by lead attorney Ron Simon, who is representing Rohrl.

The lawsuit is being filed along with local counsel Janet, Jenner & Suggs.